Two town of Glenville properties will be forever protected from development and their historic value preserved, thanks to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC).
Land conservation agree-ments were recently signed with two town landowners for property totaling 141 acres. The properties belong to Dudley Crauer in Wolf Hollow and Calvin Schmidt along Hoffman's Fault.
Both men are longtime residents of the community. The conservation agreements give them assurance that the unique natural and historic values of their properties will be permanently protected from future development.
Crauer is the third generation of family members to live at the foot of Wolf Hollow.
This was my grandpa's farm; we used to come up here on weekends and during summer vacation to stay here, said Crauer. "In the winter, they closed the road and we skied down the snowy hill. I still see kids doing that in recent years."
Crauer's land is unique in that it was a shortcut and frequently used pathway for Native Americans to travel from the Mohawk River to northern New York sites. The area has cliffs used as shelter and a stream to provide fish and water.
"This was a common campsite and resting area," said Crauer. "There are compressions in the land where the Native Americans had corn pits where they stored their crops for winter."
Crauer's relatives researched the land and then launched their own explorations.
"My grandfather and uncle started nosing around, and they found artifacts here dating back 5,000 years," said Crauer. "They found literally hundreds of artifacts."
The family donated the artifacts to the state museum. The property was also the site of the final battle between the Algonquin and Mohawk tribes, where the Algonquins eventually retreated.
"Every year, Native Americans stop by and visit our land," said Crauer. "It's part of their heritage and we welcome them to visit. Anyone who stops by can tour the land; I tell them to bring their cameras."